T oday, we finished the second week of an interpersonal communications course. The students in the course are first term college students, a few fresh out of high school. As is my common practice, I end my week of instruction with reflective questions for the students:
- What was your significant learning this past week?
- What principles for everyday life can you extract from our class activities? (Note: The activities are experiential).
- What did you learn or what was reinforced about yourself?
- What can you take from the class activities to use in your life outside of class?
I asked the students to get in small groups to discuss these questions. They got in their groups and just looked at one another with baffled looks on their faces while remaining silent. I tried rewording the questions and providing examples and still got blank looks when they returned to their group discussions.
Where is Reflection in the Learning Process? by Jackie Gerstein Ed.D.
When I began this journey two years ago, I was looking for answers to a question that had become increasingly pervasive and yet frustratingly intangible in my teaching practice: how could I resolve the student I was with the students I now teach? Despite my exposure to some new ways of thinking about teaching and learning and my development of some powerful professionally collaborative relationships, there was still a disconnect. I was ready to do something about that. (more…)
May 1st seems like a long way off but it will be Spring Break before we know it and when we get back, May is right around the corner!
What’s important about May 1st? It’s the deadline for our student writing contest and journal, Voices Visible. Start talking to your studnets now. The entry cover letter will be upladed to the site soon.
Every year we publish some amazing writing from our young authors – this year could be the year for your students!
The annual BCTELA Fall Conference was a great success! Thank you to all who attended and shared your thoughts about the literate lives of teachers and students. We have been blown away by the positive feedback from members and we are already looking forward to next year.
BCTELA would like to congratulate Richard Wagamese, who has just been named the recipient of this year’s George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature. Congratulations Richard!
Richard Wagamese was the keynote speaker at last October’s conference. He was inspiring, as he challenged us to see each student’s needs clearly and to give them time to grow, and welcoming, as he reassured us that what we do is making a difference even if we don’t always see the difference it makes.
Who will you meet a this year’s conference?
As we begin classes this September, we have an added element: phase 1 of our job action plan which calls us to our classrooms and our students in this “time to teach.” Throughout this process, it is paramount that we provide and seek support in our professional communities acheter du viagra france. This fall, you can find reinforcement and restoration at a PSA conference. BCTELA’s “Leading Literate Lives” is planned by teachers for teachers. We hope to see you in Surrey!
Congratulations to our newest Local Specialist Association (LSA) in SD 60-Fort St. John! We look forward to hearing about the exciting work they’re doing together.
If you teach in SD 60-Fort St. John and want to get involved, contact us.
Early Bird Registration for Serendipity 2011: A Graphic Novel Event (more…)
Some of the Saturday institutes at the conference brainstormed some text set lists which are now up on the BCTELA wiki. Go to the wiki from here and then bookmark it for easy reference. Everyone is welcome to add and edit information, create new pages and generally collaborate for better classroom experiences. Everyone has something to share!